13 APR 2012 Preview Rotterdam, The Netherlands

“The Big Engine” is well prepared for Rotterdam - PREVIEW

Moses Mosop, 2:05:37 course record in Chicago (Getty Images)Moses Mosop, 2:05:37 course record in Chicago (Getty Images) © Copyright

Rotterdam, The Netherlands - With a broad smile Kenyan Moses Mosop, the World record holder on the track for  25,000 and 30,000 metres, presented himself at the pre-race press conference yesterday ahead of Sunday’s  32nd edition of the ABN-AMRO Rotterdam Marathon.


The ABN-AMRO Rotterdam Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.


Mosop, 26, nicknamed by his countrymen as “The Big Engine’’, told his audience that “I have seen the course some five weeks ago and I am certain on this flat, very fast course it is possible to break the World record time of 2:03.38 of my countryman Patrick Makau which he set in Berlin last September.”


“I am well prepared and when the weather is ok I think wonderful things are possible.’’


It will be Mosop’s third outing at the marathon distance. He debuted a year ago in Boston at the classical distance with 2:03:06 well inside Makau’s current World record, finishing second to countryman Geoffrey Mutai, whose 2:03:02 could not be recognised as a World record as Boston has a point to point course and is downhill. Mosop then reconfirmed his talent by winning last autumn’s Chicago marathon in 2:05:37.


Favourite Mosop will be in very good company with his countrymen Sammy Kitwara and Peter Kirui, who were sitting next to him during yesterday’s press conference.


Kitwara, 25, will run his first marathon. He was the bronze medallist at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and has a personal best of 58:48 for the half distance. “I have been two times a pace maker in Rotterdam. I know the course is extremely fast and I am prepared very well. Moses Mosop and I have with Renato Canova the same coach as Mosop. We are good friends,” said Kitwara


Peter Kirui, 24, will run his second career marathon. Last October he debuted in Frankfurt with 2:06:31.


The ‘dark horses’ in the race are four Ethiopians: Getu Feleke (2:05:44, winner of Amsterdam  2010) and Yemane Adhane (2:06:29) and two 22-year-olds Tilahun Regassa and Lelisa Desisa who will be running their first marathon.


Kenyan Stephen Kibet will be another mystery man in the race. The 25-year-old East African was the impressive winner of the ABN-AMRO City-Pier-City Half Marathon in The Hague a month ago in 58:54, the second fastest time this year.


WOMEN – Italian veteran to challenge Ethiopian favourites


Ethiopia has the favourites in the women’s race. Tiki Gelana, 24, is with her personal best of 2:22:08 the fastest in the field. Last year October she won with that time the Amsterdam marathon. Her young compatriot Merima Hasen, 19, will be a dangerous contender for Gelana.


There is also a very interesting European challenger for honours. The performances of Valeria Straneo a 36-year-old Italian mother of two, improved spectacularly after the removal of her spleen in 2010. Last year she ran six personal bests and especially her Half Marathon (1:09:42) and Marathon (2:26:33) were impressive. She improved her PB at the Half Marathon to 1:08:48 when winning the famous Stramilano on 25 March.


The weather forecast for Sunday (start marathon 10.30 hrs) is temp:10 degrees CT, partly sunny, wind 3-4 m/sec.


For a lot of runners in Rotterdam it will be the last chance to gain a spot in their countries Olympic team.  


Wim van Hemert for the IAAF


The invited runners (with bib) are:


MEN


(1) Moses Cheruiyot Mosop (Kenya)

D.o.B: 17-07-1985

PB: 2.03.06  (2) Boston 18-04-2011

(2) Sammy Kirop Kitwara (Kenya)

D.o.B: 26-11-1986

PB: debut

(3) Peter Cheruiyot Kirui (Kenya)

D.o.B: 02-01-1988

PB: 2.06.31  (6) Frankfurt 30-10-2011

(4) Getu Feleke (Ethiopia)

D.o.B: 28-11-1986

PB: 2.05.16  (1) Amsterdam 17-10-2010

(5) Yemane Adhane (Ethiopia)

D.o.B: 08-04-1985

PB: 2.06.29  (10) Dubai 27-01-2012

(6) Rashid Kisri (Morocco)

D.o.B: 01-03-1975

PB: 2.06.48  (5) Parijs 05-04-2009

(7) Stephen Kwelia Chemlany (Kenya)

D.o.B: 09-08-1982

PB: 2.07.55  (2) Berlin 25-09-2011

(8) Stephen Kosgei Kibet (Kenya)

D.o.B: 09-11-1986

PB: 2.09.27  (5) Dubai 21-01-2011

(9) Tilahun Regassa (Ethiopia)

D.o.B: 18-01-1990

PB:  debut

(10) Lelisa Desisa  (Ethiopia)

D.o.B: 14-01-1990

PB:  debut

(11) Francis Kirwa (Finland)

D.o.B: 28-11-1974

PB:  2.11.01  (1) Gothenburg     27-08-2005

(12) Koen Raymaekers (The Netherlands)

D.o.B: 31-01-1980

PB:  2.11.09  (9) Rotterdam     11-04-2010

(14) José Alirio Carrasco (Colombia)

D.o.B: 22-02-1976

PB:  2.12.09  (11) Chicago       12-10-2003

(15) Juan Carlos Cardona (Colombia)

D.o.B: 07-09-1974

PB:  2.12.17  (12) Boston         18-04-2011

(16) Mariusz Gizynski (Poland)

D.o.B: 26-06-1981

PB:  2.12.34  (25) Frankfurt       30-10-2011

(17) Dylan Wykes (Canada)

D.o.B: 06-06-1983

PB:  2.12.39  (1) Sacramento 05-12-2010

(18) Ignacio Cáceres (Spain)

D.o.B: 18-06-1976

PB:  2.12.40  (11) Rotterdam       05-04-2009

(19) Jussi Utriainen (Finland)

D.o.B: 28-11-1978

PB:  2.13.10  (2) Sacramento     08-12-2002

(20) Jason Gutierrez (Colombia)

D.o.B: 08-05-1984

PB: 2. 13.24  (5) Los Angeles     20-03-2011

(21) Rui Silva (Portugal)

D.o.B: 03-08-1977

PB:  debut

(22) Robert Krebs (Germany)

D.o.B: 18-08-1989

PB: debut

(23) William Naranjo (Colombia)

D.o.B: 18-08-1978

PB: 2.15.39  (1) Nashville 24-04-2010

(24) Øyster Sylta (Norway)

D.o.B: 03-03-1978

PB: 2.15.58  (13) Frankfurt 30-10-2011

(25) Roman Arroyo (Mexico)

D.o.B: 04-01-1981

PB: 2.16.16  (5) Torreon 06-03-2011

(26) Rob Watson (Canada)

D.o.B: 23-06-1983

PB: 2.16.17  (4) Houston 30-11-2011

(27) Diego Colorado (Colombia)

D.o.B: 31-08-1973

PB: 2.16.48  (11) Nashville 29-04-2000

(28) Miguel Angel Gamonal (Spain)

D.o.B: 26-06-1981

PB: 2.16.58  (4) Castellon 11-12-2011

(29) Rens Dekkers (The Netherlands)

D.o.B: 29-11-1981

PB: 2.17.10  (16) Rotterdam 11-04-2010

(30) Ghirma Woldu  (Belgium)

D.o.B: 10-06-1974

PB: 2.17.23  (3) Antwerp 17-04-2011

(31) Sean Conolly (Ireland)

D.o.B: 03-08-1982

PB: 2.17.23  (15) Rotterdam 17-04-2011

(32) Luis Rivero (Puerto Rico)

D.o.B: 29-01-1973

PB: 2.17.59  (16) Berlin 20-09-2009

(33) Marten Boström (Finland)

D.o.B: 03-08-1982

PB: 2.18.51  (19) Ottawa 25-05-2008

(34) Jeppe Farsøht (Danemark)

D.o.B: 15-09-1978

PB: 2.18.47  (17) Rotterdam 11-04-2010

(35) Sergui Ciobanu (Moldavia)

D.o.B: 10-08-1983

PB: 2.19.33  (12) Dublin 25-10-2010

(36) Thomas Frazer (Ireland)

D.o.B: 10-09-1981

PB: 2.19.42  (19) Chicago 09-10-2011

(37) Dan Hornery (Australia)

D.o.B: 30-09-1980

PB: 2.19.40  (35) Otsu 07-03-2011

(38) Dimitris Theodorakakos (Greece)  

D.o.B: 05-12-1978

PB: 2.19.20  (28) Amsterdam 16-10-2011

(39) Nelson Cruz (Cape Verde Ilands)

D.o.B: 31-12-1977

PB: 2.19.15  (21) Rotterdam 10-04-2005

(40) Pip Tesselaar (The Netherlands)

D.o.B: 26-06-1969

PB: 2.22.53  (16) Amsterdam 16-10-2011

(41) Christian de Lie (The Netherlands)

D.o.B: 31-07-1976

PB: 2.24.46  (29) Amsterdam 18-10-2009


WOMEN


(F1) Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia)

D.o.B: 22-10-1987

PB: 2.22.08  (1) Amsterdam 16-10-2011

(F2) Merima  Mohammed Hasen (Ethiopia)

D.o.B: 10-06-1992

PB: 2.23.06  (3) Toronto 26-09-2010

(F3) Valeria Straneo (Italy)

D.o.B: 05-04-1976

PB: 2.26.33  (8) Berlin 25-09-2011

(F4) Miranda Boonstra (The Netherlands)

D.o.B: 29-08-1972

PB: 2.29.23  (10) Berlin 25-09-2011

(F5) Yamna Oubouhou (France)

D.o.B: 20-02-1974

PB: 2.31.56  (11) Paris 06-04-2008

(F6) Maria José Pueyo (Spain)

D.o.B: 16-03-1970

PB: 2.32.22  (1) Valencia 17-02-2008

(F7) Tannitha Maxwell (South-Africa)

D.o.B: 02-06-1976

PB: 2.32.33  (8) Berlin 26-09-2010

(F8) Heleen Plaatzer (The Netherlands)

D.o.B: 20-11-1979

PB: 2.35.23  (9) Amsterdam 16-10-2011

(F9)  Krista Duchene (Canada)

D.o.B: 09-01-1977

PB: 2.39.08  (6) Ottawa 30-05-2010

(F10) Charné Bosman (South-Africa)

D.o.B: 06-11-1975

PB:  2.39.26 (4) Amsterdam     16-10-2005

(F11) Katarzyna Durak (Poland)

D.o.B: 1980

PB:  2.43.34  (3) Poznan           16-10-2011

(F12) Tonya Nero (Trinidad & Tobago)

D.o.B: 27-11-1988

PB: debut